Slings and Arrows

The CW has announced that its new hit show Arrow will be coming back for a second season.  Arrow has been a rating winner for the CW and one of it’s most popular new shows with the biggest premiere ratings since 2015.  Add that to the slew fan favorite actors making guest appearances,  including alumni from highly successful shows like Doctor Who and Battlestar Galactic (the one that doesn’t suck), it doesn’t look like the ratings are going down anytime too soon.

Of course, like anything, Arrow has its haters who probably watch every episode and are now crying on some message board or blog, or Facebook page (angry meme powers, activate!) about how a show like Arrow can get renewed yet FOX won’t bring back Firefly.  (I don’t want to be the one to tell them about the whole “different network”  thing.)  However, it is the opinion of the Hideout that Arrow rocks the Casbah and deserves another season or four.

CW has also announced that Vampire Diaries and Supernatural will be renewed.  It is the sign of interesting times that genre fiction is kicking more ass on CW then the post-teenie/over-sexed pseudo soap opera-meets-chick-flick shows the network has been famous for.

At the start of the weekend, the Director of X-Men: Days of Future Past tweeted that Peter Dinklage, fan-favorite star of Game of Thrones, has signed on to be in the upcoming prequel/sequel.

Obviously, and admittedly stereotypically, one would think the role he’d play is the character Puck, who is a member of Alpha Flight a group that started out as X-Men enemies but are actually good guys and Canada’s Super Hero team in the Marvel Universe.   Then on 2/20/2013 word began to spread that Mr. Dinklage might be playing Bolivar Trask, the mutant-hating scientist who create the Sentinels (which, for those not I the know, are giant robots used to hunt down and kill mutants.)

This makes the next X-Men movie pretty dense with cast members.  They have Ellen Page, Anna Paquin (who promises not to get naked in the first ten minutes), Shawn Ashmore, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart to name a few.

Pushing Around the JLA

The Justice League movie has suffered another delay as rumors and news swirls about the endlessly troubled production.  The reports agree that Warner Brothers is considering pushing back the film, which was originally slated for 2015.   This is because of the wait-and-see attitude they are taking on the Superman film, it’s success or failure will determine where things go.

There’s also some talk that they would have to reboot the Batman franchise (again) in order to bring their biggest money maker away from the “realistic” Christopher Nolan take to the DC world where he belongs.  The one story that has come out is the Will Beall script has been scrapped and Warner Brothers is going forward with a complete re-write.

Warner is concerned about the lackluster performance of another Beall script movie, Gangster Squad, which did fair well at the box office.  Whether it was because of the re-shoot caused by the Sandy School shooting or the lack of plot in the script, to begin with, depends upon who you ask.  Will Beall has been removed as a writer for the JLA script.

It’s obvious that these delays will mean that Warner will not have it team ready to compete with Avengers II, which is also slated for 2015 and moving forward with plenty of news and updates surrounding the four films both proceeding and leading up to it.

One can make many guesses as to why Warner Brothers is having so much trouble with it’s Super Hero franchise at a time where Super Hero movies are at a height and don’t seem to be slowing down.  The fact remains that if they don’t get it together, the owners of the most iconic set of characters is going to find itself left in the dust on this – more then it is now.